Director's Update for April 2020

Nick Monk: Smiling man with brown hair and tailored blue jacket.
Nick Monk, CTT Director

Hello again to everyone, and welcome to the second in an occasional series of Director’s Communications from the CTT aimed at supporting our teaching and learning community!

Last time I wrote we were on the point, as an institution, of moving to 100% remote teaching and learning. Everyone was apprehensive, none of us were sure what might happen. But here we are, we’re doing it! So, congratulations to all the instructors involved in this, and every member of every support team that facilitated the move! It’s not perfect, and we’re busy responding to all sorts of challenges, but functioning as a university we are!

The big news this week is, of course, that the summer courses will all move online. Just as we were for the remainder of the Spring Term, all the members of the CTT team are poised to help with the transition. Questions can be sent directly to the IDs in your Schools and Colleges, and we’re updating Keep Teaching regularly with new material on assessment, and particularly practical and hands-on assessment.

Similarly, Keep Learning, a quick start guide for students, is available for you to share with your classes. And our week-long Keep Teaching mini-course, in which instructors learned about communication, organization, delivering content, fostering engagement, and assessing learning in a remote environment, ran last week. Seventy-five instructors registered, and we’ll be creating something similar for Summer teaching. Watch this space!

The moderated forums for faculty to share ideas in Teaching@UNL are still running and, if you are an instructor, will be available to you on Canvas. There’s lots of great stuff here, and it’s a terrific place to share ideas. There is a terrific video from Cal Garbin, who was generous enough to share his perspective from the faculty end of things. Enjoy that here! Finally, we’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to produce the Inclusive Excellence Guide. Thanks to Nkenge Friday, Gwen Combs, and Amy Ort for generating this great resource.

Again, thanks to the CTT team and all those who work with us in creating and sharing teaching and learning materials. We couldn’t have succeeded in generating and distributing these resources without the colleges and departments and all the other units who have been brilliant in partnering on workshops, supplementing our activity, and sharing the materials and messages we have available. Our collaborations, too, with IT services have been essential, and have helped us to act quickly and efficiently.

Remember, do contact me or any of our instructional designers should you require any support. We’ll try to help, and of we can’t we’ll send you to someone who can. Good luck and thanks to everyone involved in making what we’re all doing a success for our students!

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